Ascendos - the start of something big

Generic Enterprise Linux is now days too important. We believe it's used by too many people (and large organisations) for the release cycles, the future and the engagement of the community to be beholden to one project.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a real community driven Enterprise Linux (EL) project? One that was accountable to it's user-base, and could engage the Enterprise Linux community (and commercial users) in new ways?

What about an Enterprise Linux project that was able to reduce the duplication of effort in debranding our favourite upstream distro? Leading to benefits for all the downstream distros? eg Scientific Linux, ClearOS, PUIAS and of course CentOS.

Presenting Ascendos.org...

We think this is going to be big, and we hope you do too!

To be honest, the seeds for the idea were planted many years ago, when the cracks in a popular generic Enterprise Linux distro first appeared. And then all it took was this tweet to get things started:

Time for a 'community' based RHEL debranding effort? We could leverage off Scientific Linux, ClearOS etc.

We're only a few days in but we already have a web site, a forum, a wiki, and mailing lists. And OrionVM have kindly donated loads of high performance compute. We've also attracted the interest of quite a few existing and new Enterprise Linux developers and users.

It's still early days, and we'll still keen to involve as many people as possible. If you would like to get involved the we'd love to hear from you. Send us a message on our list, come visit our forum, or drop by IRC channel #ascendos on freenode.

— Andrew


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